The Washington, D.C.-based group Interfaith Action for Human Rights is hosting a forum on solitary confinement in Maryland state prisons Tuesday evening.
Interfaith Action is an advocacy organization campaigning for fairness in the criminal justice system and humane prison and jail conditions in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia. This summer, the group has organized a series of events around the state on Maryland’s use of solitary confinement.
On Tuesday, Rabbi Charles Feinberg, Interfaith Action’s executive director, will moderate a discussion between Wendell France, former Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services deputy secretary; Julie Magers, Maryland Prisoners’ Rights Coalition leader; and formerly incarcerated Baltimore resident Marcus Lilly.
At a similar event in Baltimore in June, the panelists discussed topics including Maryland’s higher-than-average rate of restrictive housing placements and the mental health effects of prolonged isolation.
The forum is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Frederick Friends Meeting, 723 N. Market St.
— Cameron Dodd